Video game demos are a treat, whether it’s playable projects or animated videos that simply imagine a game in the style of a classic console. It’s nostalgic and captivating to see a game famous in pixels: the game’s terrifying enemies are scaled down, though no less terrifying.
A new project imagined by famous bankrupt 64 Bits YouTuber Elden Ring for the Super NES. It opens with a sweeping view of Erdtreebefore showing the player – riding Torrent, of course – explore the world map. The YouTube video reinterprets it as a classic Legend of Zelda-style underworld map, where the physical journey through it will take the player to a new regional level.
The best part of the demake is how it depicts some Elden Ringthe most famous characters in pixel art. There’s the troll Stormgate, one of the first trolls to encounter, plus Radahn on top of his perfect horse, Leonard. More popular characters also appear, like Ranni, a Pot boyand most important is Pope Turtle. Here’s the best part: When a player approaches the turtle, they are given reaction options (based on popular memes) for the “Praise the dog” message. The obvious answer is “good”.
There is a seductive cognitive dissonance towards downfall Elden Ring. The world of the game is very large and filled with secret areas, divided into different levels. Caves and castles hide dots on the map. It’s hard to imagine console gameplay from previous generations, but it’s exciting to think about what that might look like. And a lot of fans did it, making a difference for both of them Game Boy and Original PlayStation.
64 Bits became famous for its intro videos – like Block effect for Game Boy Advance and God of War for PlayStation. These videos capture the nostalgia of the times, thanks to the attention to detail, from the game menus and loading screens to the sound design of the text pings on the screen. They also show what a hard copy of the game might look like if it was released in that era – for example, 64 Bits’ God of War Demo video introduces the cover illustration on the CD-ROM box jacket.